Robin Pizzo

WKAR Director of Education

Robin Pizzo leads the education outreach efforts of WKAR Public Media at Michigan State University, the PBS and NPR affiliate serving Michigan's capital region. Robin convenes partnerships and coordinates station initiatives such as WKAR Family and Ready to Learn to bring workshops, learning tools, and other resources into the community to help kids be resilient, lifelong learners.

Robin joined WKAR in January 2018.

Prior to joining WKAR, she was Director/Student Success Coach at Lansing Community College; before that, she spent many years in the K-12 educational arena in various capacities, including teaching.

Robin Pizzo has a Bachelor's degree in English Literature from Wayne State University and a Master's degree in Education from Marygrove College.

updated 11/2/18

A: This is a tough question, because as an educator I want to offer children the world. That’s probably why I love working at WKAR and MSU. Our very mission is to help families and children understand that the world is full of possibilities -- and so is every child. However, if I had to give just one piece of advice it would be to immerse children in background knowledge. This knowledge is also known as prior knowledge. 

From Mrs. Pizzo's Workshop

A: I love Ready Jet Go, too. And when Jet Propulsion sings, “nice to meet you, human race tell me more about this place,” I want to sing back, “tell me more about outer space.” 

From Mrs. Pizzo's Workshop

A: Yes! Our area libraries are working diligently to offer services -- while keeping everyone safe.

From Mrs. Pizzo's Workshop

Absolutely! You are your child’s best and most important advocate. The foundation of a great teacher-parent relationship is being able to express concerns and advocate for needed supports on both sides. Education can no longer afford to depend on teachers having the only voice concerning a child’s academic achievement.

From Mrs. Pizzo's Workshop

ReadyRosie is an educational resource that uses the power of mobile technology and video modeling to support you and your child in learning! As a partner of Ingham Great Start Collaborative, I was able to preview and test this great tool.

From Mrs. Pizzo's Workshop

wow, can I relate. First know that you are doing great. Do what you can and don't stress about the rest.

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Supporting cultural competence is a wonderful aspect of embracing diversity, empathy and inclusion. 

From Mrs. Pizzo's Workshop 

I love this question because I love that WKAR’s programming emphasizes high-quality content with shows from PBS KIDS, NOVA, and even Sesame Street.  Each promote the benefits of co-viewing defined as parent and child viewing multi-media together.

From Mrs. Pizzo's Workshop

Okay, in full disclosure -- this is my own question. I asked it to force myself to reflect on what I'm feeling and relate to what I am hearing from other parents. When lack of planning angst feels overwhelming, take a deep breath and focus on what you can plan.

From Mrs. Pizzo's Workshop

Absolutely. Writing is just as important and should occur simultaneously with reading development. There is no competition here.